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• Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Class of 2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Hugh Evans, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rudy Tomjanovich, Chris Webber, Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Wayland Baptist University. Class of 2018 will be named during the NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in San Antonio March 31-April 2.

• Serena Williams, who said her first auto purchase was a while Lincoln Navigator SUV she named “Ginger,” has signed to become an official spokesperson for the brand. A social media-based marketing campaign includes videos of Williams talking about and driving the 2018 Navigator, with ongoing videos to follow. “Partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place,” she said in the first video. “Let’s just be honest: Serena Williams needs to be in the new Navigator.”

• The Smashing Pumpkins unveil 'Shiny And Oh So Bright' 36-city tour, their first tour in nearly 20 years, with founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha. Produced by Live Nation.

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Most Exciting Sports Worldwide
1. Athletics (i.e. Olympics) 47% Very/Quite Exciting
2. Tennis 43%
3. Football (soccer) 43%
4. Rugby 41%
5. Gymnastics 36%
6. Boxing 32%
7. Formula 1 32%
8. Swimming 26%
9. Horse Racing 25%
10. Cycling 25%

Most Boring Sports Worldwide
1. Golf 70% Very/Quite Boring
2. U.S. Football 59%
3. Cricket 58%
4. Darts 58%
5. Snooker 57%
6. Basketball 52%
7. Horse Racing 52%
8. Cycling 50%
9. Formula 1 49%
10. Boxing 46%

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Top Selling MLS Player Jerseys
1. Miguel Almirón Atlanta United
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
3. Josef Martínez Atlanta United
4. Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
5. David Villa NYCFC
6. Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders
7. Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
8. Kaká Orlando City FC
9. Andrea Pirlo NYCFC
10. Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
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Mar142014

Burger King Enters Its First March Madness As NCAA Partner With Royal Campaign

By Barry Janoff

March 14, 2014: In its first March Madness men's basketball tournament as an official partner of the NCAA, Burger King is hitting the court running with a multi-platform activation that will go heavy on social media and focus around a campaign that enables people to "Watch Like a King."

As the official burger of the NCAA and Final Four, Burger King said that its campaign would give people the opportunity to enhance their Big Dance experience by offering prizes including $100 Burger King Crown Cards, mobile phone projectors, flat screen TVs from NCAA partner LG, tickets to the NCAA Final Four and a chance to "meet a basketball legend."

“At Burger King, we’re rooted in feeding our guests great-tasting food the way they want it, when they want it – and our 'Watch Like a King' campaign is based on that same notion," Eric Hirschhorn, CMO North America for Burger King Worldwide, said in a statement. "We want to upgrade the fan watching experience."

The fast-feeder is directing people through a marketing campaign to tweet the reason(s) they feel they deserve to watch the basketball games like a king. Winning entires will be selected now through April 7. (Details here.)

An intro commercial follows a guy in his office whose quest to watch March Madness causes havoc among his co-workers, disrupts an important meeting and even creates a mess in the lunch room. It works out for him when the Burger King hands him tickets to a game. (See the full spot here.)

A second commercial breaks this weekend starring Chris Webber, former Michigan State and NBA star and current basketball commentator and analyst. In addition to the "Watch Like a King" push, Webber will support the limited Burger King Final Four 2 for $5 menu offering at participating Burger King locations.

According to Webber, “What fuels the players on the court is the passion of the fans and Burger King gets that. Being part of the Burger King 'Watch Like a King' campaign and having the opportunity to reward fans for their fandom is an amazing experience."

Among the early responses to the Burger King request at its Twitter site, which comes with the hash tag #WatchLikeAKing, on why people want to watch like a king:

"Because I watched the kids while my wife had a ladies' night out instead of watching my alma mater's basketball game."

"I deserve to #WatchLikeAKing because March Madness is my Christmas, birthday, New Year and every holiday in one."

"Because my kids are always watching cartoons! I need to #WatchLikeaKing and get some #metime."

“We know March Madness is about the fans, games and of course the student-athletes, so we’re celebrating by partnering with the NCAA to provide the fan base with a viewing experience fit for a king," said Hirschhorn.

The year-round partnership with the NCAA includes Burger King sponsorships of all 89 NCAA championships, including the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Official NCAA corporate champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola. In addition to Burger King and LG, official corporate partners are Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese’s (Hershey’s), Unilever and UPS.

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